SEWANEE, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2015) – A career-high 20 points by senior forward Marcellus Caldwell led the Sewanee men's basketball team to a 77-65 win over Southern Athletic Association rival Birmingham-Southern, Sunday, inside Juhan Gymnasium.
The Tigers remain perfect in the SAA with a 3-0 record. Sewanee is 8-5 overall and has now defeated the Panthers at home the past three straight seasons.
Known for his lockdown defense, and as one of the top rebounders in the conference, Caldwell made 8-of-9 shots against BSC. That included some clutch makes in the second half.
Sewanee could have not started the game any better. On the first possession, sophomore Jorden Williams made a three and got fouled. Williams then made the ensuing free throw. After a turnover by BSC's Preseason All-American Larry Thomas, Seth Brown made another three.
Down 19-9 with 12:58 to play in the first half, the Panthers finally chipped away at their deficit. An old fashion three-point play by James Mclean sparked a 17-9 run for BSC to close the opening 20 minutes.
The second half started in a similar way for Sewanee. The Tigers opened the half on an 11-0 run. Ahead 45-27 it looked like Sewanee would pull away the final 13 minutes. However, a jumper by Thomas helped BSC over the next three minutes. A quick 18-4 run by the Panthers helped BSC pull to within six, 49-45, with 10:13 remaining.
After a Sewanee timeout, Williams slowed the spurt with a layup. After Birmingham-Southern kept fighting. BSC would get to as close as three, 59-56, after a three by Thomas and a layup by Evan Lewis.
Down the stretch, it was Caldwell that stepped up. The senior forward scored six straight points to push Sewanee's lead to 65-58 with 2:31 to play.
Overall, the Tigers made a season-high 59.1 percent of their attempts.
Along with Caldwell, Williams rebounded after a tough game on Friday night with 22 points. Tome also pitched in 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting outside.
Thomas led BSC with 20 points and four rebounds.